Melanie Kroupa Books Farrar, Straus and Giroux

September 2004

$18.99 US

40p hc

ISBN: 978-0374326814

Going North

Janice N. Harrington

pictures by Jerome Lagarrigue

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Leaving behind Big Mama, loving relatives, and the familiar red soil and cotton fields of Alabama, Jessie and her family are going north to Nebraska. They are pioneers searching for a better life, one with decent schools and jobs. But traveling through the segregated South is difficult for an African American family in the 1960s. With most public places reserved for "whites only," where will they stop to get gas and food? 

Lyrical free verse and evocative paintings capture the rhythm of the road and a young girl's longing as she wonders: Will I like it there? Will I like the North?

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